Cranes, Dmitry Lipkin's new play, receives its world premiere Oct. 20 at NYC's Theatre at St. Clement's as a part of the New Group's new season. Previews began Oct. 8. New Group founding artistic director Scott Elliott directs.
Laura Esterman (Marvin's Room), Mira Furlan, David Margulies, Amir Sadaji (East is East), Amy Whitehouse (Goodnight Children Everywhere) and Josh Mostel (Getting Away With Murder) appear in this drama, which is set in 1987 Baton Rouge. The scene is a Mardi Gras party thrown for the Belkins, estranged friends of the Savinichs, who immigrated to Louisiana six years earlier.
Lipkin, a Muscovite raised in Lousiana, is the author of Moscow Nights, Baron Rouge, The Elephant Play and I am Laika. He is a member of New Dramatists.
Elliott's directing credits include Mike Leigh's Goose-Pimples (three Drama Desk nominations), Ecstasy (two Obie Awards, Calloway Award), Stephen Bill's Curtains (two Obie Awards) and Broadway revivals of Present Laughter and the Roundabout's recent Three Sisters. He recently completed his first feature film, "A Map of the World," based on Jane Hamilton's novel, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore.
Designing Cranes are Derek McLane (sets), Mattie Ullrich (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lighting) and Red Ramona (sound). Tickets are $20 for previews, $35-$25 thereafter. Reservations can be made by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. The Theatre at St. Clements is located at 423 West 46th Street.
Next up in the New Group's season will be the solo show Another American: Asking and Telling, written and performed by Marc Wolf (Bent), with direction by Joe Mantello (The Mineola Twins, Love! Valour! Compassion!). By weaving together the real life stories of enlisted men and women, Wolf explores what it means to be gay in the US military. Performances begin at the Theatre at St. Clements Dec. 7.
-- By Christine Ehren